• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Ellis, Coyle remember long-time friend


The day after the death of Bobby Dotson, his friend of more than a half-century, former Versailles City Council Member Carl Ellis said, “He was a great all-around guy.”

Dotson, 82, died Monday. (His obituary is on page 7.)

Ellis praised Dotson’s community service, which ranged from involvement in various civic groups like the American Legion to an unsuccessful run for Woodford Judge-Executive in 1998. A son, Heath Dotson, is an officer with the Versailles Police Department.

“He was one of the quickest-witted guys I’ve ever been around,” Ellis said, adding that Dotson easily laughed at himself, too.

Woodford Judge-Executive John Coyle said many years ago, when he was working at Gregory’s Grocery in Nonesuch, Dotson stopped by every day on his mail route.

“And we would wrestle and play around and one particular day, I told him I was going to throw him out of the store,” Coyle said.

The two men grappled for what Coyle estimated was 15 minutes, with a few cans of paint and soda knocked over in the process.

“I never did get him out of the door,” Coyle said. “Bobby was a lot of fun.”

Coyle said Dotson was a friend to the Gregory family, who, despite the grocery shenanigans, helped him with his annual auctions in Nonesuch. Ellis said Dotson was a great family guy, too.

“He made me laugh. When I think of him, I smile,” Ellis said.

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